Anti-virus specialist offers discounted PC protection
scheme to back government's Internet pledge.
UK schools going on-line following the government's recent
'Internet For All' pledge, can receive a huge discount on Sophos
anti-virus software, to protect them from the increasing threat of
The campaign, which will target 33,000 schools nationally,
provides schools and colleges with a comprehensive security policy,
through the installation of Educational Anti-Virus Licences
For £1 per machine, per year, as opposed to the minimum market
price of £150, Sophos Anti-Virus will protect any server, network,
stand-alone or laptop PC.
The licence includes the software CD and installation guide.
Schools will also receive monthly anti-virus updates on CD-ROM or
floppy disk, as well as free upgrades and 24 hour, 365 days per
year technical telephone support.
"For several years now we have been using Sophos Anti-Virus in
all our school sites on both stand-alone and NetWare networked
systems," said Andy Jackson, SIMS co-ordinator, LEA at Birmingham
City Council. "We used to have to check as a separate task each of
the vast number of disks that come in and out of our offices, so we
have always been really pleased with Sophos Anti-Virus. The
introduction of the new Sophos Educational Site Licence makes it an
even more obvious and cost-effective choice for us and our
"This move comes in direct response to the government's promise
of connecting all schools to the Internet by 2002," said Petra
Merne, marketing manager at Sophos. "With the advent of classroom
access to the WWW, it has never been more important for educational
institutions to protect their computers against infection. For the
cost of a ruler and pen, we can now offer academia the most
advanced virus detection technology available."
The educational licences are available for all major platforms,
including DOS, Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, NetWare, OS/2,
Banyan VINES and UNIX.